The Australian Classification Board has denied Saints Row 4 classification under the "Guidelines for the Classification of Computer Games," acting director Donald McDonald announced today, making it the first computer game in the country to be refused classification.
After receiving the application to classify Saint Row 4 in early May, the board concluded the title "includes interactive, visual depictions of implied sexual violence which are not justified by context." Use of "illicit or proscribed drug use" as incentives in the game is also prohibited by the board's guidelines.
"Apart from today's decision, since the beginning of the year, the board has classified 17 games R +18 under the new guidelines," said McDonald in a prepared statement.
Australia's R18+ classification came into effect in January, prior to this it was one of the few developed countries without an R18+ classification for video games. The rating came into effect following legislation passed by both Federal and State governments. Games that had previously been Refused Classification could be resubmitted to the Board provided two years have lapsed since the original classification, since the introduction of the new rating.
Saints Row 4 will be released Aug. 20 in North America for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC. We have contacted the title's developer for comment and will update the post when further information is made available. Check out our in-depth feature on the game's rocky development right here.
Update: A representative from Deep Silver told Polygon that Saints Row 4 developer Volition is currently looking into ways it can modify the game for launch in Australia.
"Deep Silver can confirm that Saints Row 4 was denied an age classification in Australia," the representative said in a statement. "Volition, the developer, are reworking some of the code to create a version of the game for this territory by removing the content which could cause offence without reducing the outlandish gameplay that Saints Row fans know and love. Saints Row 4 has been awarded PEGI 18 and ESRB M ratings where fans can enjoy their time in Steelport as originally intended."
- I caught every Pokémon and it only took most of my life
- Robin Williams' Genie may be immortalized in World of Warcraft
- Tales of Xillia 2 review: time sink
- Swing Copters, clones and the dismal failure of the 'open' app store
- Legend of Grimrock 2 now in beta, iOS port of first game shown
- Watch 20 minutes of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain gameplay from Gamescom
- Demos are dead, long live demos
- Netflix shows off experimental virtual reality interface
- Microsoft pulls plug on free-to-play Xbox 360 game Ascend: Hand of Kul
- How Super III is super inspired by Super Meat Boy, Super Mario 64
- Anime, Cartoons, Comics! Plight No. 2, Vol. 17 - Heart Containers
- Pokégon Daily Open Thread - Thu Aug 21
- What "Console Wars" taught me about myself and being a fanboy
- Games with great Sound Design
- Polynauts Fantasy Football League
- The Last of Us 2 for PS4?
- Feature to track games?
- Pokegon Daily Open Thread - Wed Aug 20
- Why isn't Polygon talking about the Quinn thing ?
- Share your treasured Pokémon stories with us